Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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11 Jan 2021
6:39 pm

Higher wages for farmworkers – short term pain for long term gain

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Increasing the minimum wage for farmworkers could hurt producers in the short term, but both society and the economy could benefit in the long term, but there are concerns from both black and white farmers' interest groups.

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Short term pain for producers and long term gains for the economy are in store if farmworkers get the proposed increases to their national minimum wage, an economist says. But farmers, divided by interests on opposite sides of the economy, want government to deal with the land question as well as inequality first. Over the weekend, the Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) called for the rapid implementation of increases in the National Minimum Wage for farmworkers and others in South Africa. In November last year, the Commission had proposed that the National Minimum Wage floor be adjusted...